278 " tIFE OF primary law of true morality is, educate yoiirself, and only the second, influence others by what you, are; these axioms are so firmly impressed upon my mind that nothing can change them. And how, cherishing such opinions^ could I tolerate a position in which I could scarcely hope slowly to approach the ideal which filled my mind and heart ? how could even the good I certainly effected, compensate for that which I shall in future be able to effect to a much higher degree? I, therefore, preferred the most modest des- tiny., a quiet domestic life, and a smaller sphere of action. In it I can live for myself, create a cheerful contented life for those nearest to me, and, perhaps, if my good genius grants me some fortunate hours, add something to the enriching or cultivation of the sphere of Ideas to which all action in the world, voluntarily or involuntarily, only tends. Thus much of myseK and my situation." He concludes by recurring to the happy days for- merly spent in IForster's society, and thanks him for the improvement his society had, always been to him. Although Humboldt's resolution to abandon a lucrative official position, and live with more exclu- siveness for his own intellectual and spiritual culture, be highly praiseworthy, and has led to the happiest results for science and literature by perfecting his great talents, still it required such an entirely inde- pendent worldly position as the one In which he was fortunately placed to be'enabled to follow the bent of his tendencies In life. The considerable family estates left by his father were only divided between the two brothers* The estate of Ifcmgewalde fell to Alexan- der's share, who sold It, and undertook his great Journey to America with the proceeds. William kept Tegel and the estate of Hadersleben near Magdeburg. By his marriage., his possessions were considerably Increased. Madame von Mumboldt was heiress of Bgfcrgorner and Aolebezt; the revenue alone amounted to 10>000 thalers (1500Z.)a which was at that time con- sLdeared a much greater income than it would be at present.